Cross, Charles W.

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Cross, Charles W.

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        Charles Wilson Cross was born in Madoc, Ontario in 1872 to Thomas and Marie Cross. He received his education at Upper Canada College (1888-1890), the University of Toronto (1890-1895), and Osgoode Hall, where he received his BA and LLB degrees.

        After articling with a Toronto law firm, he moved to Edmonton in 1897 and opened a law practice with William Shortt. He married Annie L. Lynde (1874-1947) in 1900. and together they had three children: Thomas (1901-1977), Helen (Bigelow) (1903-1993), and Margaret (Randall) (1910-1971).

        He was elected as a Liberal MLA in 1905 for the Edmonton electoral district (1905-1917) and the Edson electoral district (1913-1925); he held two seats simultaneously between 1913 and 1917. He served as Attorney General (1905-1910, 1912-1918). He resigned as an MLA in 1925 to pursue federal politics.

        He was elected as a Liberal MP in 1925 for the Athabaska electoral district. He was defeated in the 1926 election.

        He died in Edmonton in 1928.


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